Climate Change and Human Health: Threats, Disparities, and Necessary Actions
Friday, April 22, 2022 | Virtual & In-Person | 11:00 AM ET
Climate change is having widespread impacts on human health and has been called “the greatest health threat of the 21stcentury.” In this inaugural event of the Keystone Symposia and the Global Consortium for Climate Health and Education ePanel Series Climate Change and Human Health: Threats, Disparities and Necessary Actions, we will provide a broad overview of current knowledge regarding the existential problem of climate change and human health. Through case examples, we will explore how climate related exposures – such as extreme heat, wildfires, drought and extreme weather events – exact disproportionate health tolls on vulnerable populations worldwide. Experts will discuss and debate how and why climate justice and equity must be at the core of our efforts to address the climate crisis.
Specifically, we will cover climate health in the context of the following high-risk populations:
- African nations
- Indigenous Peoples
- Persons living with disabilities
- Mothers and children
Bringing together a panel of experts across sectors and specialties, the discussion will tackle these societal health questions from many angles. We will gain perspectives from clinicians, researchers, journal editors, educators, non-profit foundation leaders and public health policy experts to holistically assess these challenges and identify ways the scientific community can get involved and take action against these impacts and inequities. From personal efforts to institutional initiatives, we aim to inspire audiences to become ambassadors within their own communities for climate health research, education and sustainability.
Immediately following the event all audiences are invited to join our Virtual Networking Lounge where they can speak directly with the panelists and with each other in small groups to continue these conversation and make new connections to further their work, and the field.